16-0! From left: David Garrard, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Rashad Jennings Celebrate Jones-Drew's historic 32nd touchdown. November 5, 2010 By: Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer HOUSTON- It was a historic night for the Jaguars in Texas. Jacksonville withstood a tough challenge from the elimination-staving Texans and capped off a remarkable regular season finishing unbeaten at 16-0, becoming the first OMFL franchise to accomplish the feat. In fitting fashion, newly crowned AFC and OMFL MVP Maurice Jones-Drew set three more single-season league records today by finishing with 2398 rushing yards and 32 touchdown, as well as 2796 yards from scrimmage, all league records. Jones-Drew yesterday became the first player in OMFL history win three awards in his career, with his Season 1 AFC MVP now alongside his two awards from this season. This significance of the historic-filled season finale wasn't lost on Coach Dunlap. "This has been a special ride, and these accolades are something we can carry with us for the rest of our lives," he said. "All 52 guys, and more actually with the new guys we've brough in due to injury, are part of everything accomplished today." Almost lost within the historic gleam of the game's aftermath was the actual game itself. It was billed as a bitter season-ending showdown between two fierce AFC South rivals. The Jaguars obviously had history making on their minds, but the Texans had equally important motivations. A win would put them in the playoffs for the first time in OMFL history, while a loss would end their season. The game started off as the typical Jaguars tractor-pull, with a slogging pace to the first quarter dominated by the defenses. After alternating punts the Jaguars looked content to let Jones-Drew carry the team on his shoulders alone. On the Jaguars first 11 plays he carried the ball 10 times. The 12th play, however, would put the Jags on the scoreboard as on a second and short Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard would suprise the Texans defense with a deep bomb to slot receiver Brandon Gibson who would catch and run 59 yards to the enzone to put the Jaguars on top early. After a missed extra point the Texans would get the ball back and answer in a hurry. Quarterback Matt Shaub connected with Jacoby Jones for a marvelous catch-and-run slant pattern that would go 59 yards to the end zone to put Houston on top. Trailing early is nothing new to Jacksonville, as they've trailed in 5 of their past 6 games in the first half. Not panicing has been their key, and they wouldn't here as they would get a Josh Scobee field goal on their next drive to reassume the lead at 9-7 going into halftime. The second half would start ominously for the Texans as return man Jones would take the kickoff straight up the middle and blow by the Jaguars cover team into the the open field. With nothing but 70 yards of turf between him and the endzone, Jones would trip and belly flop onto the 36 yard line and be touched down harmlessly by the shell-shocked Jaguars. "I've never seen anything like that," said coverage team member Justin Durant. "He blew by us then next thing you know he's falling to the turf. I guess maybe you can really trip over those lines." The Texans lost their momentum and would never recover. After a punt Jackonville's Rashad Jennings would take a simple dive handoff and sprint 94 yards for the backbreaking score. Another Jaguars' defensive stand would get the offense the ball back one more time, and again they would capiltalize with a long drive capped off by a Maurice Jones-Drew one yard touchdown run. Just like that the game was into the 4th quarter with Jacksonville in control 23-7. Jacksonville would then cruise to the victory and into the record boks by a final score of 26-14. "Hell of a year no doubt like I've said, we all have something to be very proud of," said Dunlap. "However we aren't done yet. We remember all of those guys who wrote us off before the season. We still have that bulletin board material posted in the locker room so we wouldn't forget. We are here to prove this is Jacksonville's time and we are gonna do our darnedest to finish the job." Finishing the job means navigating a fierce AFC Playoff class that includes New England, New York, Cincinatti, and Kansas City as well as possibly a team like the Browns or Broncos. However right now Jacksonville has a week off to rest and soak in this truly historic night. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GG Moogs.....that button slip killed ya on the kickoff and the CPU drops on passes were pretty dumb. I can't wait until this rivalry continues next year! Hope all is well with school and everything.